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Chinese Malware Scam Stole $4 Million From Users

Chinese Malware Scam Stole $4 Million From Users

At an industry conference this week, the Facebook security team shared additional details about one of the most sophisticated malware scams ever on the platform — a ploy originating in China known as “SilentFade.” The advanced hack utilized a bug in Facebook’s code to steal users’ passwords and cookies so they could hijack their accounts…

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Facebook Introduces New Scam-Fighting Safety Measures To Messenger

Facebook Introduces New Scam-Fighting Safety Measures To Messenger

When it comes to the Messenger platform, Facebook must walk a fine line with its security policies. The company has to protect users while simultaneously not infringing on their private messages. That’s why Facebook announced a new set of security measures this week for detecting scammers that relies solely on metadata, not the content of…

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Experts Warn That Facebook “Challenges” Can Be Used To Steal Your Data

Experts Warn That Facebook “Challenges” Can Be Used To Steal Your Data

As the coronavirus has forced much of the world to stay home for an extended period of time, many have turned to Facebook to stay connected with friends and family. However, experts are warning against the dangers of oversharing on the social media platform. “We cannot go out and socialize during this pandemic, so people…

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Facebook Loophole Has Allowed Scammers To Steal Millions

Facebook Loophole Has Allowed Scammers To Steal Millions

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is often abused by cybercriminals looking to make a quick buck. That’s why the tech giant has placed such an emphasis on security measures like two-factor authentication to protect its users. However, according to a report in CyberNews this week, hackers have found a basic…

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Better Business Bureau Advises Against Sharing Graduation Photos On Facebook

Better Business Bureau Advises Against Sharing Graduation Photos On Facebook

Just in time for high school and college graduations across the country, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) weighed in this week with a sobering piece of advice for students — consider not posting photos or info about graduation on Facebook. According to the consumer protection agency, hackers can easily use your school name and graduation…

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Consumer Reports Warns Facebook Users About The Latest Scamming Tactics

Consumer Reports Warns Facebook Users About The Latest Scamming Tactics

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is a fertile breeding ground for scams and malware. And the cybercriminals behind these cons are constantly adapting their methods to stay ahead of Facebook’s security. That’s why, this week, Consumer Reports published a blog post educating users on how to avoid falling for these…

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Fake Grocery Giveaway Spreads On Facebook Before Christmas

Fake Grocery Giveaway Spreads On Facebook Before Christmas

Because of its size and reach, Facebook is an unprecedented tool to connect people across the globe. However, those same traits also make it an ideal platform for cybercriminals to target scams at as many people as possible. And unfortunately, these crooks often strike around the holidays to take advantage of peoples’ neediness and goodwill.…

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Report: Hacked Facebook Accounts Are Being Used To Buy Scam Ads

Report: Hacked Facebook Accounts Are Being Used To Buy Scam Ads

Having your Facebook account hacked is bad enough. However, according to a recent report from CNET, some cybercriminals are adding insult to injury by using hijacked accounts to purchase tens of thousands of dollars-worth of scam advertising. While this kind of attack only affects users who are ad account owners, this is still a financially…

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Report: Facebook Has Failed To Clean Up Fake Product Reviews

Report: Facebook Has Failed To Clean Up Fake Product Reviews

The Facebook platform was designed to connect people from around the world based upon their common interests. And while that can be a beautiful thing, it can also lead to the site being used to facilitate some pretty shady business. One of those thriving underground online markets involves the sale and trade of fake product…

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U.S. Congressman Presses Facebook To Do Something About Romance Scams

U.S. Congressman Presses Facebook To Do Something About Romance Scams

Facebook is rife with scams that use fake accounts to prey on people, talking them into a romantic relationship and coercing them to send money. However, many of these fraudulent accounts use the names and images of real people — leaving the identity theft victim frustrated, confused and powerless to stop their likeness from being…

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